I have been reading and rereading – and rerereading – the Thessalonian epistles for a couple of weeks now. This still fairly new understanding of the rapture has prompted in me a desire to re-examine this most important set of epistles.
As time permits – no, let me be honest 🙂 – as I start again on right priorities I want to write a few observations here. You all are most welcome to chime in. I admit that I have been sidetracked by events in the US as well as here in Mexico.
For now I just want to look at this, 1 Thess. 2:13
“13 And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers. “
This is not necessarily an eschatological note but the verse above reminded me of when I became a Christian at 21 just before I went into the US Air Force. I was reading a New Testament in Rhein Main AFB, Germany, waiting for tomorrows flight to Lackland in Texas. The rest of the new recruits were playing card but I was on my cot just reading the Bible and thinking, “Wow! These are the very words of God!” It was all new to me, but the Holy Spirit brought about such a spirit of awe and thankfulness that I still remember these 45 years later.
Maybe that was a foundation that enabled me to never be totally satisfied with dispensationalism, even though I floundered in it for decades.